Our Church Year

Here's a snapshot of Mindekirken's church year.  All events and dates listed below are tentatively scheduled.  Be sure to check the church newsletter - The Communicator, Weekly Announcements or articles in this website for confirmation and  details.  If you still have questions, please contact the church office.

When

What

Notes

January - First Friday of the month (on hold)

Julebord Dinner - Mindekirken Foundation fundraiser hosted by Klubb 500

Tickets sold in advance. 
Julebord means "Christmas Buffet" and is a traditional Norwegian feast served around the Christmas season.

 

 

 

Early February

Annual Congregational Meeting

 

 

 

 

Sunday before Ash Wednesday

Fastelavens søndag

Traditional Norwegian Fastelavensboller (buns filled with rich raspberry cream) served at church coffee to mark the beginning of Lent.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday evening service

 

Palm Sunday

New Member Sunday

Those wishing to become of member of Mindekirken should contact the Pastor or the church office.

Holy Thursday

 

 

Seder Meal (on hiatus in 2019)

A remembrance of The Last Supper. A full dinner is served.

Reservations taken in advance.

Good Friday

Daytime Good Friday Service.

 

Easter Sunday

9:00 and 11:00 Easter Celebration Services.
Kirkekaffe to all served between services.

 

April - Last Saturday

Rømmegrøt Luncheon

Tickets sold in advance.
Rømmegrøt is a delicious cream porridge, served with butter, sugar and cinnamon.

 

 

 

May-Sunday closest to 17th of May

Syttende Mai Festival Service with music, parade, food, dancing and games for the kids.

Syttende Mai is a grand celebration - Norway's Constitution Day

 

 

 

June - 1st Sunday

Graduation Recognition Sunday

Members of Mindekirken who are celebrating their High School or College graduation.

 

 

 

June - Last Sunday

Scandinavian Sommer fest at Minnehaha Park

Norway Day is held at Minnehaha Park and celebrates all things Norwegian! Come visit us at the Mindekirken booth! Sponsored by the Norwegian National League.

July - Last Sunday

Olsok Service 
 

Olsok - A traditional Norwegian event to commemorate St. Olav, the patron saint of Norway, who brought Christianity to Norway.

 

 

 

September - 1st Sunday after Labor Day

Rally Sunday
 

 

September or October - Saturday

Rømmegrøt Luncheon

Tickets sold in advance.
Rømmegrøt is a delicious cream porridge, served with butter, sugar and cinnamon.

 

 

 

October - 1st week

Leif Eriksson International Festival (LEIF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November - 1st Saturday

Scandinavian Treasure Chest Sale

Norwegian imports, chocolate and handmade gift items, Cafeteria and Lefse. Regular Bake Sale (no norsk cookies at this time)

November - 1st Sunday

All Saints Day

Remembrance Service

November - 3rd Saturday (or Sat., before Thanksgiving)

Lutefisk Dinner

Tickets sold in advance.
Lutefisk, meatballs, potatoes, coleslaw and lefse. Cake for dessert.  

 

 

 

December - 1st Saturday

Norwegian Cookie Sale

Rosettes, krumkake, fattiman, sandbakkels and other traditional Norwegian cookies sold.

December - mid month, on the Sunday closest to Dec. 13

Santa Lucia pageant

The Santa Lucia pageant is a Scandinavian tradition - a festival of light. The pageant is performed in song and verse by young girls and boys.

December - 3rd Sunday

Mindekirken Choir/Norwegian Glee Club Christmas Concert

 

December 24th

Christmas Eve Services 4:00 pm

bilingual candlelight service

December 25th

Christmas Day Services 11:00 am

Norwegian traditional service

December - Sunday after Christmas Day

Juletrefest (Christmas Tree Festival)
 

Juletrefest is a traditional Norwegian event with treats, singing Norwegian Christmas songs and dancing around the Christmas tree.  The little ones look for a visit from the Julenisse!